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The University of Alaska Board of Regents approved a 5 percent tuition hike for the 2015-16 academic year. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

University of Alaska Board Of Regents Approves 5% Tuition Increase

The University of Alaska Board of Regents voted 8-2 in favor of a 5 percent tuition hike for the 2015-16 academic year. The Board voted down a similar measure last fall.

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February 20, 2015

New Prelim ASD Budget Reinstates Middle School Model

Anchorage School Board passed a preliminary budget that includes planning time for all middle school teachers and more than 60 new positions. But it’s not final until the state legislature passes their final budget later this spring.

February 19, 2015
NAACP leads conversation on helping young men of color succeed

NAACP leads conversation on helping young men of color succeed

Data from the state’s Department of Education and Early Development show that students of color drop out of high school at higher rates than white students. Anchorage’s chapter of the NAACP is trying to change that.

February 19, 2015

Seward Highway Reopened After Rock Slide

Alaska Department of Transportation and Anchorage police report the Seward highway is open again. It was closed this morning due to a rock slide near the scales south of Potter Marsh. Both lanes of the highway were closed.

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February 19, 2015
Tanaina supporters voiced their concerns to the University of Alaska Board of Regents. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Tanaina Supporters Appeal To UA Board of Regents

Supporters of the Tanaina Child Development Center appealed to the University of Alaska Board of Regents on Thursday, urging the board to help save Tanaina. The center was informed it would need to find a new home late last month, when UAA opted to end an agreement which allowed the childcare facility space on campus.

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February 19, 2015

Anchorage Assembly Approves New Start for Former Platinum Jaxx Building Downtown

A controversial effort in the Anchorage Assembly to block a liquor license transfer failed during Tuesday night’s Assembly meeting.

February 18, 2015

Lawsuit Challenges Alaska’s Regulation Restricting Abortions For Low Income Women

State Superior Court judge John Suddock will decide on Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest’s complaint against the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

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February 17, 2015
The cast of "Emotional Creature" listens to Rashid tell a story. Photo courtesy of Frank Flavin.

“Emotional Creature” teaches young women to speak

A new play opened this weekend at Cyrano’s Playhouse in Anchorage from the author of the Vagina Monologues. On stage, the songs and monologues tell the true stories of traumas faced by young women around the world. But behind the scenes, it’s the tale of Anchorage’s young women learning what it means to be an “Emotional Creature.”

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February 17, 2015

“Stagnant” Anchorage Software Project To Move Forward After Two Separate Audit Reports

Internal and external audits of the SAP software implementation find poor management, lack of accountability, and problems with scheduling, but conclude it’s too late to start over.

February 16, 2015

AVTEC Nursing Programs Cut

AVTEC, the state’s vocational and technical school with campuses in Seward and Anchorage, will be losing programs due to the budget ax.

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February 12, 2015

NTSB Report on Wasilla Midair Crash Inconclusive

The NTSB has released a preliminary report on a January midair collision of two light planes.

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February 10, 2015
Ethan Berkowitz officially announces his candidacy to a group of supporters on Tuesday afternoon. Hillman/KSKA

Berkowitz enters Anchorage mayoral race

Former Democratic state legislator Ethan Berkowitz is the ninth candidate to enter Anchorage’s mayoral race.

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February 10, 2015

Mat Su Pursues Waste Solution

The city of Anchorage and the Matanuska Susitna Borough are wrestling over the problem of disposal of the Borough’s septic waste. A Borough waste treatment facility could be years away, while Anchorage’s wastewater utility has had its fill of the Borough’s sludge.

February 10, 2015

Fire Sweeps Wasilla Assisted Living Home

Firefighters responded to a blaze at an assisted living home near Wasilla early Monday afternoon.

February 9, 2015
Math teacher Piper Jones listens to her students before distributing a quiz.

Middle school teachers think planning time cuts are hurting students

There’s tension in Anchorage’s middle schools because some teachers feel they’re being treated unfairly. Elective teachers have less planning time, and they say it impacts their relationships with the students.

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February 9, 2015

Economic Group Sees Affordable Housing Shortage As Barrier To Growth For Anchorage

The Anchorage housing market is one of the most expensive in the country. A recent grant application by AEDC is trying to bring data on homelessness and affordability to the forefront of the conversation on the city’s economic future.

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February 9, 2015
Anchorage Assembly member Paul Honeman (left) and Anchorage Police Department Chief Mark Mew (right) talk with Zachariah Hughes (center) on Alaska Edition. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN, Anchorage)

Combating Anchorage’s Violent Crime Spike

A recent uptick in deadly shooting incidents and assaults in Anchorage have police and public safety advocates sprinting to organize a response to curb the violent trend. The Anchorage Police Department is organizing a task-force to tackle the problem, but what can communities do to help remedy the problem?

KSKA: Friday, 2/6 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 2/7 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 2/6 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 2/7 at 4:30pm

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February 6, 2015

Mat Su Behavioral Health Report Reveals Lack of Services

A new report released by the Mat Su Health Foundation indicates that behavioral health services in the Matanuska Susitna Borough are woefully inadequate. The report, the first of three, suggests that residents are not accessing care until they are in a crisis situation.

February 5, 2015

Point in Time Count gives snapshot of homelessness in Anchorage but not whole picture

Each year communities across the nation participate in the Point in Time Count during the last 10 days in January. They’re trying to take a snapshot of homelessness by asking how many people slept on the streets or in shelters during one specific night.

February 4, 2015

UAA Prioritization Report Lays Out Next Steps, Many Questions Remain

The University of Alaska Anchorage on Tuesday released its report on the findings of the prioritization process it has been undergoing for the last year and a half. It gives recommendations and lays out a basic plan of how to move forward, but many questions remain unanswered.

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February 4, 2015